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Report Designer


Report Designer allows you to create and edit reports. This tool is opened when you create a report in the Reports window or select any of the existing reports for editing.

For your convenience several sample reports are available within the %program_directory%\Reports folder.

 

This module is provided by FastReport (http://www.fast-report.com) and has its own help system. Press F1 key in the Report Designer to call the FastReport help.

 

Please find the instructions on how to create a simple report in Report Designer below:

 

Adding bands

 

In order to add a band to the report:

  • proceed to the Page1 tab of Report Designer;
  • select the btnFastReport_InsertBand Insert Band component on the toolbar (on the left);
  • select the band to be added to the report;
  • click within the working area - the corresponding element appears in the area;
  • set element properties within the Properties Inspector.

 

Note: The Properties Inspector panel that allows you to edit report object properties can be shown/hidden by pressing the F11 key.

 

Report Designer - Adding bands

 

 

Adding report data

 

In order to add data to the report:

  • proceed to the Data tab within the panel on the right side of the window;
  • pick an element within the btnFastReport_Data Data tree and drag it to the working area;
  • add all necessary elements one by one using drag-and-drop operation for each of them.

 

Report Designer - Adding report data

 

 

Viewing the report

 

To preview the newly created report, select the Project | Preview main menu item or use the corresponding btnPrintPreview Preview  toolbar button. You can also use the Ctrl+P shortcut for the same purpose. This mode allows you to view, edit and print the result report.

 

To print the report, use the btnPrint Print toolbar button or the corresponding context menu item.

 

Report Designer - Preview

 

 

Saving the report

 

When all report parameters are set, you can save the report to an external *.fr3 file on your local machine or in a machine in the LAN.

 

To save the report, select the Project | Save main menu item or use the corresponding btnSave Save Report  toolbar button. You can also use the Ctrl+S shortcut for the same purpose.